Ever try to walk out the door with an arm full of stuff to put in the car? Like library books to return, a tote for work, your gym bag, lunchbox, mail for the post office, etc? How do you get out the door with all your stuff or better yet, remember to even take what you need with you?
Well, even I surprise myself sometimes with my ideas and this one goes on top of “My All Time Greatest Moments!“ I created an Out-the-Door-Box a few years back. Here’s how it works:
Using any container, place it by the door you most often use to come into and out of the house. This container is meant to come in and out with you, so make sure you can carry it easily and it fits in the front seat of your car. Personally, I use a Thirty-One tote like this one.
Every time you think of something you need to take with you in the car, put it in the container. It’s that simple.
So, say you are shampooing your hair and remember that Suzy asked to borrow your slow cooker. As soon as you get to the kitchen, put the slow cooker in the Out-the-Door-Box. Need to take pants to the dry cleaner? Put them in the Out-the-Door-Box. Add snacks to it, coupons you’ll need for the day, etc. Get the idea?
Then, when you are actually leaving the house, grab the whole box and place it in the front seat next to you. It’s magical, really. You will have all those things with you that you needed.
When you return home, take the empty box back into the house to its designated spot, where it waits to be filled up again.
The out-the-door-box is such a simple solution to corralling all that daily stuff of life and will help you to corral all the little things that are coming in and out of the house everyday. It’s not a bad idea to an out-the-door box for each person of the family!